Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)

The higher education employers represented by Universities UK (UUK) have proposed significant changes to the USS pension scheme.  USS is the pension scheme predominantly for academic and related staff in pre-1992. USS is currently a hybrid pension scheme, with defined benefits for earnings up to £55,000 with defined contribution benefits above this threshold.  Universities UK […]

Pension Fund Costs and Charges

Here is  a UNISON submission to a Department of Work and Pensions consultation on costs and charges in defined contribution schemes. Policymakers are desperate for workers to save more for their pensions and to invest more to support economic growth. But growing awareness among savers of the negative impact of fees on long-term investment returns […]

Guarding against stress Toolkit

Stress and the management of mental health in the workplace is becoming one of the biggest health concerns. According to UNISON’s 2017 survey on stress, demands on time were the biggest cause of workplace stress. Employers need to understand that university workers have been under pressure for too long and the pressure is turning to […]

Mental health issues affecting an ageing workforce.

This circular has been produced in response to a motion 14 carried at HE Conference 2016 The average age of the British working population is rising with people living (and working) for longer. This has implications for employees and employers. It is estimated that by 2050 the average age of UK employees will have risen […]

Christmas and New Year Arrangements

Please note the following important information concerning arrangements in the lead up to Christmas and holiday closure period. Applications for financial assistance Full application forms received and assessed as requiring  immediate attention (Priority 1) will be allocated and worked on up to closure on 22 December 2017. Applications received after 1st December will be processed […]

Santander Swansea University Bike Scheme

Santander Swansea University Bike Scheme – What is it? We’re aiming to bring a bike share scheme to Swansea – if successful, it would launch in spring 2018 with 50 bikes and 5 docking stations. Users would pay an annual membership allowing mostly free usage, or could instead opt for pay as you go payment. […]

UNISON Return to Learn (R2L) course

The course is a free opportunity for UNISON members who have been away from learning for a long time. Members who have been on the course say:         “It has built my confidence and self-esteem, at work and in my social life.”         “It has given me some “me” time.         “It’s been my chance […]

Swansea University UNISON consultative ballot result

A consultative ballot (both postal and electronic survey) was conducted among our 255 members. A ballot form was sent by email if an email address was known to UNISON, otherwise a ballot was sent by post to the home address. The ballot was accompanied by a two page letter detailing the pay elements (1.7% on […]